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McKenney, Thomas Loraine and James Hall. - Hayne-Hudjihini the eagle of delight.

McKenney, Thomas Loraine and James Hall. - Hayne-Hudjihini the eagle of delight.
Hayne-Hudjihini the eagle of delight. - McKenney, Thomas Loraine and James Hall.
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Title : Hayne-Hudjihini the eagle of delight..
Map maker : McKenney, Thomas Loraine and James Hall..
Date : Philadelphia, circa 1836-1842.
Size : 20.5 x 14.2 inches. / 52.0 x 36.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :This hand-coloured lithograph of Hayne-Hudjihini the eagle of delight, one of only eight women whose portraits appeared in this book. By contrast there were 111 men's portraits in it.
"She was young, tall, and finely formed, her face...was the most beautiful we had met with. Her hair was parted across her forehead, and hung down upon her shoulders. A small jacket of blue cloth was fastened round her shoulder and breast, and a mantle of the same was wrapped around her body."
This was the way an Indian commissioner recalled the Eagle of Delight after he had met her in the 1830s. A decade before, she had accompanied her husband Shaumonekusse, an Oto chief, to Washington where she had captivated McKinney, the President, his cabinet, and just about everyone she met. She was poised and charming, but she was not the sole love of her warrior chief.
The Eagle of Delight was only one of five wives and their husband was getting on in years when the commissioner met him. That day the women were all "pounding corn, or chattering over the news of the day." The old chief, while eating, "took the opportunity to disburthen his heart" to the commissioner.
As he moaned, five women were just too much, even the Eagle of Delight. Their "caprices, and the difficulties which he found in maintaining a proper discipline [made it impossible for him] where there were so many mistresses and but one mister." Unfortunately, no one ever obtained the Eagle of Delight's version of married life to an old man in a tepee with four other women.
McKenney called her "young, and remarkably handsome...." She died of measles after her return to the west.
From McKenney & Hall's History of the Indian Tribes, perhaps the most important work ever published on North American Indians.
Published by F.W.Greenough, Philadelphia and printed on the original full folio sheet.
Thomas Lorraine McKenney was Superintendent of Indian Affairs under presidents Madison, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Jackson. As a result of his keen interest in the customs and beliefs of the Indian tribes under his jurisdiction, he commissioned Charles Bird King and several other artists to paint the portraits of Indians whom he had met or had heard about. With the help of James Hall, a frontier lawyer, judge, newspaper editor, and author, McKenney assembled the portraits into a coherent representation of Indian life, lore, and costume.
Published as a three-volume portfolio between 1836 and 1842, the hand-coloured lithographs after the paintings are among the only portraits remaining of this early generation of Indian warriors, statesmen, medicine men, and commoners.
The original paintings, which were on display in the Smithsonian Institution, were destroyed by fine in 1865.

Condition : Folio edition. Lithograph with exquisite bright original hand colour. Overall, excellent. Size of paper: 520x360mm.

ID: 25027

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